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[Washington Babylon]

And You Thought Congress Was Bad


From the Washington Post:

Public fury has been rising over items that politicians have charged to taxpayers — a massage chair, pornographic movies, a moat cleaning, a plasma TV, horse manure for gardens, and tennis court repairs. Some members put in bills for mortgage payments even though their loans had been paid off.

Some elected officials seemed to be using expense accounts as a way to supplement a salary many consider too low — $100,000 at current exchange rates.

The Daily Telegraph has some wonderful reporting on the story, documenting some of the more bizarre charges racked up by the lords. Click here for the newspaper’s interactive guide to the scandal.

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